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p.... a Thursday, September 5, 2013 "-" Tri-Coun News www.tricoun news.ran Obitunrtes Vila Fischer, 76 St. Joseph School District, Lind- bergh School, where she was a baker and cook for more than 13 years. Some of her favorite foods were pumpkin pie from scratch, and bread pudding. She will be remembered for her magnificent sense of humor, intelligence, strength of charac- ter, unlimited generosity, and her devotion to family and friends. She loved her family, grandkids and great-grandkids. Vila was preceded in death by husband Dave Welter, brother Rich Logeais, and special son Daniel J. Gross in December 2012. She is survived by her husband Thomas L. Fischer of St. Joseph, Mo.; son Lee "Joe" (and Yong) Gross of Waynesville, Mo., and daughter Lisa Lynn Logeais of Blue Springs, Mo.; step-sons Denny, John and Doyle Welter, Thomas J. and Robert A. Fischer, all of St. Joseph; step-daughters Terri Fitzwilson of Tulsa, Okla., Vicky Durham of Killeen, Texas, Sandy Boyles and Jennifer Humbert, both of St. Joseph; brothers Bob Logeais of Eden Valley, and Don Logeais of Alexander, Va.; aunts Vioka Loch of South Haven, Jose- phine Bachinski of New Prague, and Violet Elliott of Beach Grove, Ind. Vila had 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Her five very special friends were Shirley Yunk of Eden Valley, and Connie Norris, Shirley Grable, Nellie Idler, and Penny George all of St. Joseph. The family suggests memo- rial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Hands of Hope Hospice. Vila Fischer (Tisket) of St. Joseph, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, after an extended battle with cancer. She was 76. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in St. Joseph, with inter- ment in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Mon- day at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel; a Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.; and family will receive friends following the Rosary until 9 p.m. Vila was born May 10, 1937, to Albert and Rose Logeais in Litchfield. She graduated from Eden Valley. She later moved to St. Joseph, Mo., and married Dave Welter; he preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1995. In October 2008, she met her best friend and husband- to-be, Thomas Fischer. Together, they traveled 41 states including Hawaii, and visited Ireland as well. Most of all, she loved to winter in Laferio, Texas. They were married Oct. 6, 2012, at Our Lady of Guada- lupe Church. Vila worked various jobs at Whitaker Cable, Quaker Oats, and Laverne Knaus, 93 Her friends will say she was a welcoming and giving person to the church and the community all her life. Laverne was full of wit and laughter. She was a dedicated Minnesota Twins fan and her love of women's softball and bowling, which she participated in, was always spoken of. Laverne was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carlyle; sons-in-law Jim Nelson and Bob Jacobson; one brother and three sisters. She is survived by her seven children Ron (and Diane) of Kim- ball, Diane Nelson of Kimball, Ken (and Mary) of Kimball, Pat of Sun Pallbearers will be Bekki Knaus, Rhonda Jacobson, Krista Swenson, Tanya Dickie, Kelsey Knaus, and Andy Knaus. The music for the service will be provided by Frosty Schiefelbein, organist, and the St. Anne's Choir. The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Kimball. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all our family, friends, and neighbors for flowers, food, cards of sympathy, and memorials sent at the time of the loss of our husband, father and grandfather Dale Schwarz. A special thanks to the Hill- top Nursing Home staff, St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, and Williams- Dingmann Funeral Home. Thanks also to Pastor Hopfens- perger for his comforting words, St. Paul's Ladies' Aid for serving the funeral lunch, and ladies who served the visitation lunch. It is City West, Ariz., Suzette Carlson such a comfort to know that so Tamara (Smith) Steffes, 50 Tamara (Smith) Steffes of Coon Rapids, formerly of the St. Cloud area, died unexpectedly Thurs- day morning, Aug. 29, 2013, in St. Cloud. She was 50. Funeral services celebrating Tamara's life will be at 3 p.m. Fri- day, Sept. 6, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Chapel in St. Cloud. Jim Erickson will lead the service and a private burial will take place at a later time. There will be a one- hour gathering prior to the ser- vice Friday, starting at 2 p.m. at the MilleroCarlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Tamara Sue (Smith) Steffes was born July 14, 1963, to Stanley and Joyce (Myllykangas) Smith in Litchfield. She grew up in the Kimball area and after gradua- tion from high school moved to St. Cloud. She married Larry Stef- fes Aug. 27, 1988, and soon after, moved to Coon Rapids where she spent nearly the rest of her life. Tammy was a gifted musician which she portrayed through her love of playing the piano. She was also known for her talents as a cook and gardener. Tammy worked as a waitress for a large part of her life serving at such places as Perkins, Bakers Square, and IHOP. What she was most proud of in her life, however, were her children whom she loved dearly. Laverne Knaus of Kimball died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. She was 93. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Tom Olson officiating. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Anne's Catholic Cem- etery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a prayer ser- vice at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Laverne Olivia Knaus was born Nov. 12, 1919, in St. Cloud to Aaron and Olivia (Hall) Long. She married Carlyle P. Knaus Sept. 24, 1940, at HolyAngels Cath- olic Church; he preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2006. In 1946, after Carlyle returned from serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, Carlyle and Laverne moved to Kimball and purchased Knaus Sausage House which was founded in 1912 by Carlyle's father. For 45 years they built their business around and with family, which is now owned by their chil- dren. Laverne was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church and the Kimball American Legion Post 261 Auxiliary. Laverne and Carlyle enjoyed their retirement by wintering in Brownsville, Texas, and their sum- mers at their home on Lake Carne- lian. Later, Laverne enjoyed vis- Tammy was preceded in death by her ex-husband Larry Steffes; and her grandparents Norman and Harriet Smith, and Roy and Lempi Myllykangas. She is survived by her children Tom Steffes of Phoenix, Ariz., Tif- fany Steffes of Coon Rapids; her parents Stanley and Joyce Smith of Kingston; her siblings Todd (and Kim) Smith of St. Cloud, Terry (and Tom) Smith of Edina, Troy (and Janice) Smith of Kingston, and Tanya (and Jared) Dahnke of St. Cloud; and her step-children Eric Steffes, and Gina Steffes, both of Phoenix, Ariz. Check daily for new stories at (obituaries are posted as we receive them) www.tricou ntyn ews. M N Kingery family in concert at Kimball Church of Christ The Kingery family will be in concert at the Kimball Church of Christ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. The church is located at 241 State Highway 55 West in Kim- ball, phone (320) 398-3660 if any questions. The Kingery family from cen- tral Minnesota began as a family of 10: Mike, Chris, and their eight children singing and minister- ing together through music. It has grown to include two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren! They have enjoyed singing together for the past eight years. They sing primar- ily gospel bluegrass music while also incorporating fiddle, patri- otic, Americana, and a capella. Their combination of tight harmo- nies, uplifting songs, and family unity are sure to encourage. The Kingery family's hope is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to point others to Him. Christian Women meet Sept. 12 "Fall Fashion's in the Air!" "A Better Plan" as she unfolds how That's the theme for a great brunch you won't want to miss at Reichel's Event Center, Annandale at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal and style show put on by A Wreath of Franklin of Buffalo. To wrap up the morning, speaker Dorothy Rup- pert of Winona will speak about many of her plans were shattered as she raised an adopted daughter with mental illness. Make reser- vations by calling Shereee before 8 p.m. at (320) 963-6625, Dawn at (612) 723-3905, or e-mail lilred. schramm@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Minis- tries. Conference at St. Wendelin Church (and Rich Ring) of Kimball, Doug many people share our loss. Sept.21 (and Vicki) of Kimball, Kurt (and Dale Schwarz family, its from family and friends at her Jody) of Kimball; sister Louise Lois, Steve, Beth, Brenda, Randy, To all Catholic women in the home in Kimball. Laverne's great- Yager of St. Cloud; 20 grandchil- Tim, Sarah, Samantha, and Emily. St. Cloud Diocese: The St. Cloud est value in life was her faith, fam- dren, 33 great-grandchildren, and Diocesan Council of Catholic ily and friends, six great-great-grandchildren. Women invites you to attend the 60th Annual Conference Saturday, View obituaries, [ ...... i o : io:4S a : .: m Tues u . ........ guesttn, oks I ............................... ................ .................. ....................... =J at,dvideoson-Iine [ t month." 5:30-6.'30 p.m. 1 I tel. (320) 398-2211 ] Kimball * (320) 398-5055 I ! I [ For after.~hours emergencies, ] L call oneof the area churches~ J Sept~ 21. It is hosted by the Cold Spring Deanery and will be held at St. Wendelin Church, Luxemburg, 22714 State Highway 15. The theme is "60 years of Lead- ing Women in Faith and Service". The conference begins at 8 a.m. and includes refreshments, busi- ness meeting, keynote talk by Fr. Tom Knoblauch, Mass, lunch, Commission presentations, prayer and door prizes. Registration fee is $15 by Sept. 15; $20 after; please mail to: Dolores Braun, PO Box 197, Eden Valley MN 55329. For additional information, contact Arleen Roelike, St. Cloud DCCW president at (320) 282-9941, or aroelike8 @gmail.com. www.dingmannfuneral.corn